As I walk through the spaces of our new building, and take in the renovations and the changes taking place in the stone and mortar all around me, the scripture verse from Isaiah 54:2 comes to mind in which the Lord speaks through the prophet Isiaiah saying:
Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.
This is a powerful challenge from the Lord to move forward in faith, and not to put limits on His capacity and power to do the impossible. The vision God had given us to establish the first-ever Christian congregational building in the city of Ashdod, which has more than 350 synagogues, was overwhelming and humbling at the same time, but we understood there and then that this new congregational building was to be a venture of faith and determination, standing on the Word of God despite our circumstances. Amen!
We are nearing the finish line, and we need your help for this final push. We have come far, as you can see from the video above, but we have to endure until the end. We still need to complete a number of smaller projects in the building’s foyer, which includes painting, flooring, ceiling installation, decor, coffee area, and restrooms. The auditorium itself still requires acoustic panelling, a full complement of chairs, decor, lighting, flooring, a sound system, and the completion of the stage rigging.
All of this will cost us $100,000, and in faith we invite you to participate with what God is doing in Ashdod by sowing a seed of any amount towards this historic project. This habitation of the Lord will serve as both a place of worship for hundreds of Israelis every week, as well as a revival center where Israeli believers will be discipled, leaders and ministers will be raised up, and from where new churches and congregations will be planted all over Israel!
Thank you for your love and support, and we believe that God will bless you as you bless Israel. Amen!
Beit Hallel is a Messianic Jewish congregation in Ashdod, led by pastor Israel Pochtar, serving holocaust survivors and the poor and needy locally and throughout the nation of Israel, while building up the body of Messiah in the promised land of Israel.